Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory Test | Final Test - Hard

Peter Barry
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Dollimore and Sinfield defined the term "Political Shakespeare" as designating a critical method which has ________ characteristics.

2. A poem of which author is provided by Peter Barry as an example of ecocriticism?

3. The narrator believes that after the moment of theory there comes, inevitably, the ________ of theory, when it ceases to be the exclusive concern of a dedicated minority and enters the intellectual bloodstream.

4. Which of the following authors wrote the essay "What Has Never Been: An Overview of Lesbian Feminist Criticism" and attacked "essentialism," pointing out the way "the perceptual screen of hetero-sexism" prevented any consideration of lesbian issues in pioneering feminist writing?

5. Who does the narrator describe as a prominent contributor to "Inside/Outside," who pointed out that "identity categories," like "gay" and "straight," "tend to be instruments of regulatory regimes"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Briefly discuss what post-colonial critics do according to the narrator.

2. What were some of the influences on early Marxist thinking?

3. What is the aim of Marxism, according to the narrator?

4. Briefly explain what lesbian/gay critics do.

5. What was the "Vulgar Marxism"?

6. Discuss the three elements Aristotle identified in a plot. What key point does Barry suggest about timing as it relates to plot?

7. Who was Karl Marx?

8. What do ecocritics do according to Peter Barry?

9. What is narratology?

10. Briefly define "mimesis" and "diegesis" as determined by Peter Barry.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify, discuss, and analyze the history of English studies as foretold by Peter Barry.

Essay Topic 2

Explain how deconstruction ties into post-structuralism. Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Identify, analyze, and discuss the significance of the ten principles of liberal humanism that Peter Barry summarizes within the book "Beginning Theory."

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